Preventative Measures to Protect Pallet Racking Equipment in a Warehouse

July 2023

Warehouse racking is an essential component of any storage facility. It provides a safe and efficient way to store and move a large volume of products. Not only are professionally designed and installed pallet racking systems key for any organization, but they also streamline the supply chain. Helping to make your business more efficient and profitable.
Despite its sturdy construction, pallet racking equipment can be susceptible to damage if not properly maintained and cared for. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most effective preventative measures that warehouse managers can take to protect their racking systems and prevent damage.

Regular Inspections

Regular inspections of pallet racking equipment can identify any damage or potential issues before they become more serious. Trained personnel should conduct inspections and follow a checklist of necessary items to examine. This includes checking for any signs of damage, such as bent or broken components, and ensuring that the racking system is properly anchored to the floor. By conducting regular inspections, warehouse managers can identify and address any issues before they lead to more significant damage or become a safety hazard.

Proper Loading and Unloading

Exercising the proper practices when moving pallets can prevent damage to the racking system. Workers should be trained on the proper loading and unloading techniques, and loads should be distributed evenly and within the weight capacity of the racking system. Overloading or unevenly distributing loads can cause damage to the racking system, leading to safety hazards and costly repairs. If you have any questions or concerns about the loading capacity and/ or procedures for your specific racking system, don’t hesitate to reach out to our specialists.

Proper Pallets

Proper pallets can prevent damage to the racking system. Pallets should be in good condition and have the appropriate size and weight for the racking system. Damaged or improperly sized pallets can cause damage to the racking system, which could result in injury to your workers, damage to the equipment, and costly repairs to fix.

Use of Safety Equipment

Safety equipment, such as column protectors, end-of-aisle guards, and floor anchors, can prevent damage to the racking system and improve worker safety. Column protectors and end-of-aisle guards can prevent collisions with the racking system, while floor anchors can prevent the racking system from tipping over during material handling operations. When you install racking systems with RACKsteel, our engineers can advise on the best safety accessories for your warehouse, including number of anchors per baseplate.

Adequate Lighting

This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often this intuitive step is neglected. To ensure your workers have good visibility of the racking system and prevent collisions or damage during material handling operations, adequate lighting is key. Proper lighting can also help workers identify any potential safety hazards, such as damaged components or improperly loaded pallets.

Proper Forklift Training

Preparation is key! It’s essential that any worker who operates a forklift is properly trained on safe driving techniques and the proper use of the forklift. This will help prevent collisions, avoid damage to the racking system, and ensure that the machinery is being used properly. Plus, improper use of forklifts is not only inefficient time- and energy-wise but can cost a business money in more ways than one. The cost to repair broken machinery, replace or repair damaged racking systems, and time lost due to injury are all avoidable with proper training.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance of the racking system, including repairs and replacements of damaged components, can prevent further damage and prolong the system’s life. Warehouse managers should have a maintenance plan in place and conduct regular inspections to identify any necessary repairs or replacements or ask us about our Racking Inspection Services.

Optimize Your Racking System with RACKsteel

By implementing these preventative measures, warehouse managers can protect their pallet racking equipment and prevent damage, improving worker safety and reducing the risk of costly repairs or replacements. Cantilever racking, used pallet racking, and selective pallet racking are all types of racking systems that can benefit from these preventative measures. At RACKsteel, we specialize in building, installing, and designing racking and shelving systems for warehouses. We help develop drawings, propose custom and quick-ship rack options, and ensure pallet racking systems are professionally installed. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help protect your racking system and improve your warehouse’s efficiency and safety.


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